The Duels of the Planeswalkers video games often are a venue for spoilers for core set cards - in point of fact, any Duels screenshot with a never-before-seen card in it implies a card in the associated core. Well, the German video game site gameswelt.de has a Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 spotlight article today, and alongside it a mythic green beater that references one of the most well-loved planes in Magic history. In translation, it is:
Soul of Zendikar 4GG
Creature - Avatar (Mythic)
3GG: Put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield.
3GG, Exile Soul of Zendikar from your graveyard: Put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield.
At first blush, the only logical reaction is: Wow, that's a lot of potential creatures. Any 6/6 for six, especially at mythic rarity, tends to get compared to the M11 Titan cycle, and indeed Soul of Zendikar doesn't have quite the creature output of Grave Titan. But on a 6/6, reach is a much better keyword than deathtouch is, and the fact that the activated ability doesn't have a tap in the cost makes it quite spammable in the late game. The real value, however, comes in the form of the graveyard exile ability - a 3/3 from beyond the grave, Thragtusk-style, can be much bigger than it seems in the late game in even matches in order to break board stalls. As it were, potentially the most interesting thing here is the name and artwork - Zendikar is directly referenced in the name, and there are Eldrazi hedrons embedded in the monster's body in the artwork, perhaps indicating a return-to-Zendikar block next year.
What do you think of this efficient big green beater? Let me know in the comments.